Powerful, mobile college laptop?

KrisKapri

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Next year I'm going to be going to college; probably majoring in business, and I want an extremely lightweight and thin laptop that also has a ton of power put into it. There are a few things I'm pretty picky on, such as:
- Light
- Thin
- ATLEAST 1080p screen
- ATLEAST i5 Haswell Processor
- Great Sound
- HDMI
- Looks good, feels good
- Capable of playing most games, not necessarily high settings, low is fine.

I realize that's a lot to ask for, especially in my price range... which is around $1500. What I've been looking at and have basically set my mind on is a MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display, upgraded to 8GB of RAM and 256 HDD. http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/macbook-pro
This runs for 1500.

My question is... is there anything out there that is actually better or equal to this MCP? Or is this actually a fantastic college device that will satisfy my needs? Thank you for all the help.
 

Jacob McIntosh

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Check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p High-Performance Laptop. 15.5" screen, 8gb of RAM standard, 1TB hard drive and 24gb SSD, GT755M graphics in SLI, and even more. Lenovo's got a few different models, the first SLI laptop is $1,000, and the one with 16gb of RAM is $1,200.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/

UPDATE: Some more digging found that this can play BF4 on Ultra settings (at least the SLI one can, and it you get a Y510p you should diffidently get SLI). It really is a great laptop for the money. Alienware laptops cost more for less performance. The only downsides I read was the battery, but with a gaming laptop on Ultra settings you can't expect much.
 

Jacob McIntosh

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Check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p High-Performance Laptop. 15.5" screen, 8gb of RAM standard, 1TB hard drive and 24gb SSD, GT755M graphics in SLI, and even more. Lenovo's got a few different models, the first SLI laptop is $1,000, and the one with 16gb of RAM is $1,200.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/

UPDATE: Some more digging found that this can play BF4 on Ultra settings (at least the SLI one can, and it you get a Y510p you should diffidently get SLI). It really is a great laptop for the money. Alienware laptops cost more for less performance. The only downsides I read was the battery, but with a gaming laptop on Ultra settings you can't expect much.
 

KrisKapri

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The irony is I'm typing this on an IdeaPad Y510p with 16GB of RAM and 2 750's, I bought it a couple weeks ago, and I hate it. It's gaming is amazing but I don't like it. Like I said I don't want anything that's built for only gaming, I want something under 4 pounds at least, but capable of playing normal games like League of Legends.
 
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